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Re: Article in Man At Arms = "carbine" 8874
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 26 August 2011, at 9:52 p.m., in response to Re: Article in Man At Arms, posted by Larry Weinbrenner on Friday, 26 August 2011, at 2:29 p.m.
No, it doesn't. Presently, about 68 carbines are attributed, with varying degrees of authentication, to the 7th, ranging from 12221 to 43617. Thus, 8874 is not only way out of any known carbine range, but well away from the presently established Custer range(s) as well.
AFAIK, one can only have a forensic ID to a fired case. If I read the article correctly, half of the "matches" are to cartridges, unless Mr. Moore has mixed the terms indiscriminently .
Another disturbing factor - Roads are often created on the route of previous trails or unimproved tracks. The LBH battlefield is arguably one of the most "metal-detected" areas of the US. 18 shallowly buried cartridges, in a tight pile, should give off QUITE a buzz. Why weren't they found before?
The "pile" of cartridges (not fired cases, which would be sprayed at random) is easily explained. It was apparently common practice to lay your ammunition on the ground, when you anticipated being in one spot for awhile - we know this from the stated rationale for the Metcalfe device.
Until someone comes forward with more or better info, I'm taking this one with a LARGE grain of salt. We'll either see, or we won't. - time will tell.
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